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Marilyn Draving

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Started On : 29-Jul-2005 at 02:00:04 AM, #Views : 1827

Topic Subject : RE: alginate on face?

Hi Todd. I'm curious what ratio you use to mix your alginate. I have had
success with a runnier mixture because of the time element involved with
alginate. I once cast eight faces in a day for a non profit with a grant to
do lifecast. I had to work fast and so starting at the forehead I let the
alginate run down the face and then did the nose. I used burlap dipped in
plaster over the alginate. The faces turned out pretty well except when the
plaster was not squeeged off enough and so didn't stiffen to support the
alginate. That was the first time I used the burlap in plaster instead of
plaster gauze. The burlap fibers adhered well to the alginate and the
process went well. The other advantage of the runny alginate is that you
can add to it easier than a thicker alginate and it didn't separate. It
gave me a little more time to work on special areas like the nose. I'm with
you on the straws mostly because being under alginate is hard enough without
straws in your nose. I have no problem using my fingers to clear peoples
noses of alginate rather than stopping to get a q-tip while the alginate is
drying. I think having the person blow out is probably the best plan and if
that doesn't clear it, it's probably more sanitary to use a q-tip.

>From: aliforum@lifecasting.org
>To: mjdraving@hotmail.com
>Subject: RE: alginate on face?( Message No. 535)
>Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 18:00:01 -0400
>
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>Post Date : Thursday 28th of July 2005 06:00:01 PM
>Posted by : "Todd Debreceni" debreceni@paradigmranch.com
>
>RE: alginate on face?:--
>NEVER use straws!!! Ever!! 1. They deform the nose and will ruin your
>lifecast (unless you are going for a flared nostril look), and 2. If you
>accidentally bump the straw with any part of your hand, you will cause
>considerable pain and a real good nosebleed for your subject, especially if
>you use plastic straws. Just be careful to keep the nostrils clear. It's
>really easy if your alginate is mixed correctly. It should not be runny;
>it
>should stay where you put it. Don't use your finger to clear blockage if
>it
>does occur; use a Q-tip or small popsicle stick, or ask your subject to
>blow
>out forcefully to clear (being careful NOT to breathe in the alginate
>first!) the blockage. Good luck.
>
>Todd Debreceni
>
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: aliforum@lifecasting.org [mailto:aliforum@lifecasting.org]
>Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2005 2:52 PM
>To: debreceni@paradigmranch.com
>Subject: Re: alginate on face?( Message No. 534)
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>Hello Todd Debreceni
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>Post Date : Thursday 28th of July 2005 04:51:01 PM
>
>Posted by : "Marilyn Draving" mjdraving@hotmail.com
>
>
>
>Re: alginate on face?:--
>
>Hi Jenn - I haven't seen anyone post on your question. I don't use straws.
>The alginate can be carefully applied without using straws. Just keep the
>nostril uncovered. If you drip some near or over the nostril simply clear
>the area with your finger. Alert the model to let you know if a nostril
>become blocked. I find it fairly easy to just clear the alginate from the
>opening as I'm working. I suppose you can use straws but alginate is so
>soft and pliable (unlike the gauze) that it is easily cleared from the
>nostrils. I haven't lost anyone yet. If you start dribbling the alginate
>from the forehead area it will run down either side of the nose. Use a
>little more control of the alginate while covering the nose. Good luck.
>
>
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>ALI is an international organization whose members are engaged in the art
>and creative industries. Its purpose is to promote the art of life casting

>create public awareness of this unique art form, provide its members with
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